About JoNI

General Overview

General Overview: An online, open-access, peer-reviewed journal for academic research and thought papers on community and global issues related to nonprofits.

Mission & Vision

Mission. To provide an academic journal that helps bridge the gap between academic research and the practices of nonprofit practitioners working on the ground.

Vision. Promoting best practices through an online, open-access journal by highlighting the latest research, thought papers, and nonprofit spotlights that address innovative approaches to community and global issues.


About JoNI & its Goals: JoNI was created to bridge the gap between research and nonprofits on the ground and promote innovative approaches to solving community and global issues. JoNI does this through bringing awareness to best practices, spotlighting innovative approaches, and providing an open-access, online journal for the nonprofit sector. JoNI provides a platform for both 1) academics to share research with the nonprofit sector and 2) nonprofit leaders to find/review the latest research on community issues and share innovative approaches.


Philosophy: We promote bias-free research and writing.

  • Accurate: We carefully check every source in JoNI to ensure the source’s claims and data are accurately reflected.

  • Curated: We organize JoNI into three logical sections—1) Latest Research, 2) Articles & Thought Papers, 3) Nonprofit Spotlights—thus providing three perspectives into the nonprofit sector and related research and innovations. Each issue has a focus, and all information is related to the topic at hand, allowing audiences to grasp the core facets of an issue.

  • Reliable: We carefully edit each JoNI for its fundamental ideas, organization, and research, thus ensuring that a published JoNI is always published at a high standard.

  • Credible: We target the latest, peer-reviewed research, so our audiences receive the most up-to-date information on research, innovative and nonprofit organizations.

Structure of Journal

What is the strutcure of JoNI? JoNI is a quarterly publication. JoNI has 3 sections, addressing the latest research, publishing new articles and thought papers, and spotlighting innovative nonprofits.

  • Section 1: Latest Research and Statistics. Research and summarize the latest research on a specific topic, then compile/write short overviews of key findings. Current Practice Overview: Introduction on current practices of a specific topic based on findings.

  • Section 2: Peer-Reviewed Articles and Thought Papers from Nonprofit Leaders. The Editorial Board reviews articles and thought papers on any topic, with an aim to have one highlighted article on the issue topic. Students help with outreach, review, editing and formatting.

  • Section 3: Nonprofit Spotlights. Nonprofits submit their spotlight questionnaire once they are validated through WikiCharities. Students research and outreach to relevant nonprofits and format spotlights for publication.

Call for Submissions

We are currently accepting articles, thought papers, and potential nonprofit spotlights for The Journal for Nonprofit Innovation. All submissions should be emailed to submissions@wikicharities.org with "JoNI Submission Request" in the subject line.

Sponsoring Organizations

Sponsoring Organizations

  • WikiCharities

  • Brigham Young University

Article Types

  • Academic Articles

    • We are looking for articles that use innovative thinking and approaches to community and global issues. Have you done research in a specific area? Are you an expert in a certain field? We want to hear from you!

  • Thought Papers

    • We are looking for thought pieces from nonprofit leaders that have first-hand experience with community and global issues. Share your experiences and give us your thoughts on a specific topic!

  • Nonprofit Spotlights

    • Is your nonprofit doing noteworthy things that you want others to know about? Spotlight your nonprofit in our journal!

    • NOTE: To spotlight your nonprofit, you must be WikiCharities validated.